On 18 July (Tuesday) at 10:30 am, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will use video conferencing to officially open the new integrated terminal building at Port Blair's Veer Savarkar International Airport. Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Union Minister of Civil Aviation, will arrive at the airport at 9 a.m.

The new integrated terminal building was constructed over an area of around 40,800 sqm for a price of roughly Rs 710 crore. At least 50 lakh people would be able to travel through the new terminal building each year. 

According to a Prime Minister's Office (PMO) statement, an apron at the Veer Savarkar International airport that can accommodate two Boeing 767-400 and two Airbus 321 aircraft was also built at a cost of around Rs 80 crore. 

The architectural style of the terminal building mimics a shell-shaped infrastructure representing the sea and islands. The structure will include four conveyor belts, three passenger boarding bridges, and 28 check-in desks.

Additionally, it contains eco-friendly elements including a double-insulated roof, LED lighting, and minimal heat input windows. Through skylights along the roof, the airport will receive 100% natural illumination for 12 hours each day. 

Rainwater harvesting in an underground water tank, an on-site sewage treatment plant with 100% of treated effluent repurposed for landscaping, and a 500 KW solar power plant are further sustainability-focused aspects of the new terminal building at Port Blair.

The area's connection will improve as a result of the new integrated terminal facility, which will also increase air traffic and encourage tourism in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.  The region's economy is also intended to receive a boost from it. The airport bears the name Veer Savarkar, also known as Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, a freedom-fighter.

Other air traffic operations over Port Blair are carried out by the Indian Navy, aside from the civilian terminal run by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). The airport now has a single 3,290 m-long runway that can handle narrow-body aircraft such the Airbus A320, Airbus A321, and Boeing 737.

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